Leadership: Wyoming

The 14-week Gap Experience begins with three and a half weeks at the National Outdoor Leadership School in Lander, Wyoming. Students explore the wilderness while camping, refining leadership skills, and examining environmental ethics.


Leadership: Wyoming

Gap students earn four credit hours: two credits in Natural Resrouces Learning and two credits in Wilderness Studies during their National Outdoor Leadership School expedition. Credits for NOLS will be granted through the University of Utah.


Service-Learning: South Dakota

The Gap Experience continues with four weeks of service-learning at locations across the country. Begin by traveling to Eagle Butte, South Dakota to learn about the Oglala Lakota tribe and serve on the Cheyenne River Reservation.


Service-Learning: Missouri

The second week of the service-learning experience takes students to Gateway Greening in St. Louis, Missouri where they focus on increasing access to fresh food for inner city neighborhoods.


Service-Learning: West Virginia

For the third week of the service-learning, we’ll travel to Mullens, West Virginia in the Appalachian Mountains. Here we’ll serve with the Rural Appalachian Improvement League, an organization dedicated to enacting positive social change for community members in the Southern West Virginia coalfields.


Service-Learning: North Carolina

The fourth week of service-learning brings students back to Alamance County, North Carolina where they’ll be able to connect what they’ve learned in South Dakota, Missouri, and West Virginia with social justice issues in the greater Elon community.


International: Spain

The Gap Experience concludes with six weeks in Spain. Students live with a local family while studying in Alicante. 


International: Spain

Students will earn four credit hours toward their Core Curriculum Requirements in Spain, two in Spanish Language and two in Spanish Culture and Society. All levels of Spanish language will be offered. 


Elon Gap Semester

 Financial Aid & Cost

Program costs will be the same as Elon tuition, fees, room and board for fall semester. Students will also be considered enrolled at the university and eligible for any financial aid for which they qualify. Gap Experience students will take 9 semester hours of academic credit, which meets the university's definition for part-time enrollment and therefore enables them to meet federal mandates that a student be enrolled at least half-time to be eligible for federal financial aid. Federal guidelines require that part-time students receive pro-rated financial aid.

Students will automatically be considered for the Presidential Scholarship or the Elon Engagement Scholarship; however, Gap students may not be Fellows due to the academic requirements of the Fellows Programs. Accepted Early Decision students must provide a non-refundable program deposit of $500 by Jan. 10.  Accepted Final Deadline students have until May 1 to submit their $500 enrollment deposit.

Financial Aid Eligibility

Elon Gap Experience students will be eligible for the following financial aid provided they remain enrolled in and complete the Gap Experience academic credit requirements:

1. Federal Pell Grant

  • The award will be prorated as a three-quarter award for 9-11 hours.
  • Eligibility is determined by the Department of Education based on the Estimated Family Contribution from the FAFSA.

2. SEOG Grant

  • A nominal amount will be awarded. All Pell students must have a SEOG match associated with their award package.

3. Presidential or Elon Engagement Scholarship

  • As determined by the Office of Admissions standards, at standard semester rates of 50 percent of the annual amount. Students will still receive only 8 semesters of funding under these scholarships. If there are particular hardship cases that extend beyond the eighth semester of enrollment at Elon (including the Gap Experience), the direct appeals may be made to the Office of Financial Planning. Students who successfully complete the Elon Gap Experience will have met the scholarship requirments.

4. Students may be receipients of a scholarship in the Watson and Odyssey Programs

  • Funding provided by these programs and scholarships will not extend beyond the eighth semester of enrollment (including the Gap Semester). Particular hardship cases may be appealed to the Office of Financial Planning for additional funding. Recipients of Watson and Odyssey Program scholarships will not be announced until after the Jan. 10 Gap Experience deposit is due; these funds should not be a determining enrollment factor for Elon Gap Experience applicants.

5. Elon Grant, or NC State Contratual Scholarship Fund

  • The fall semester award will be prorated commensurate with the amount of credit hours.

6. Federal Direct Stafford and Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

  • Full eligibility is granted when enrolled for at least six credit hours.

7. Federal Perkins Loan

  • Eligibility is determined by Estimated Family Contribution from the FAFSA.
  • The fall semester award will be prorated commensurate with the amount of credit hours.

8. Private Alternative Loans

  • Eligibility is set by the individual lenders.

The combination of all awards may not exceed Elon's Cost of Attendance for the Gap Experience.

  • Gap Experience students are not eligible for the Fellows Programs unless admitted under a lateral entry provision depending on the Fellows program.
  • Gap students are not eligible for Institutional or Federal Work Study during the Gap Experience.

Note: Students will be responsible for some transportation costs, NOLS equipment costs and personal spending money.